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Better Hearing & Speech Month

Better Hearing & Speech Month

Every month could be Better Hearing & Speech Month...and we wanted to take this time to encourage anyone to take the first step with us and get a baseline hearing evaluation if there are concerns for hearing loss.  Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic conditions and on average people wait 7 to 10 years to take action!  With various interventions and treatment options to improve hearing and communication, there's no time like the present to take charge of your hearing!

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Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL)

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL)

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), is an unexplained, rapid loss of hearing either all at once or over a few days. SSHL typically occurs due to underlying issues with the sensory organs of the inner ear. People with SSHL can discover the hearing loss upon waking up in the morning, when they try to use the ear (use a phone), and/or notice an alarming "pop" just before their hearing changes.

People with SSHL may also notice one or more of these symptoms:

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Head Injury & Audiology

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Alyse Stempel, AuD, CCC-ADoctor of Audiology Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a brain injury resulting from an external physical force to the head, that occurs suddenly and causes damage to the brain. This is typically caused by a bump, blow, jolt to the head, or a hit to the body that causes the head to move quickly back and forth, causing the...
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February Tinnitus Awareness Week

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Shannon MacDonald, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA Doctor of Audiology Subjective Tinnitus (pronounced tin-NY-tus or TIN-u-tus) is the perception of noise, ringing, buzzing, clicking, roaring, hissing, and/or humming in the ear(s). Tinnitus is not a condition, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition. The following document below is a great place to start...
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Nosebleeds (Epistaxis)

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Nosebleeds may be an occasional / seasonal symptom you or your child may experience, or a problem that happens on a regular basis. There are different types of nosebleeds and different remedies. It is important to identify which type of nosebleed you may be experiencing, to help you treat it properly. There are Anterior and Posterior nosebleeds, bo...
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Parenting - Child Development Milestones

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You may be asking yourself why an Ear Nose and Throat group is discussing Child Developmental Milestones? These milestones are important growth steps for any parent to recognize in their children. Parents sometimes may get anxious to see certain development in their kids, but not be informed enough to know what is considered a milestone of developm...
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Rising Spotlight: Dr. Daron Smith From Queen City Ear Nose and Throat Discusses Sinusitis

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Are you dealing with a stuffy nose, headaches, or pressure? Dr. Daron J. Smith, MD from Queen City Ear Nose and Throat discusses with WCCB Charlotte CW's Derek James about sinusitis and treatment options that can help with your sinus discomfort. Dr.Smith has a fantastic reputation for successfully treating and relieving patients in the Charlotte/ M...
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Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a very common condition which at some time affects 40 Million Americans and chronically affects 3 percent of the population. There are two main categories of tinnitus: Pulsatile and Nonpulsatile. Nonpulsatile tinnitus is most commonly associated with hearing loss (often noise exposure) although there is a large component of tinnitus whi...
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Pediatric OSA

Childhood snoring is a very common and prevalent condition. However less appreciated is the presence of obstructive sleep apnea. The peak incidence of childhood OSA is between the ages of 3 and 6 however obese children may present sooner. Aside from obesity, associated conditions include: Enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids, Down's Syndrome, Nasal obs...
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